TORONTO, November 5, 2008 — The Greater Toronto Area resale housing market reported 5,155 sales in October, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen Oâ€™Neill announced today.
This represents a 35 per cent decline from the 7,915 sales reported in October 2007 and a 25 per cent decrease from the 6,876 transactions that took place during the same period two years ago.
In the City of Toronto, there were 2,136 sales, with sales activity down 38 per cent from the 3,455 transactions recorded last October.
In the 905 Region 3,019 sales were recorded, with sales activity down 32 per cent from a year ago when 4,460 homes changed hands.
With 68,570 transactions to date this year, sales are within 16 per cent of the 81,563 transactions noted a year ago. The 2007 market referred to was a record breaking year with each month breaking records for the entire year. Putting into perspective 2008 figures are indicative of a return to a more balanced market.
In the City of Toronto 27,324 sales year-to-date are within 18 per cent of the 33,441 transactions recorded last year at this time.
In the 905 Region the 41,246 sales to date are within 14 per cent of the 48,122 homes that changed hands up to this point a year ago.
In the City of Toronto, the current average price of a home is $376,896, down 13 per cent from last Octoberâ€™s average of $434,022 and within three per cent of the October 2006 average of $386,807.
In the 905 Region homes are selling for an average price of $336,049, a decline of eight per cent from October 2007â€™s average of $364,142. Prices in this area however, remain one per cent higher than the October 2006 average of $332,822.
â€œEarlier this year the International Monetary Fund undertook a study of housing markets in 17 countries and found that Canada was one of only two nations in which house prices are supported by the economy,â€ said Ms. Oâ€™Neill. â€œThereâ€™s no doubt that real estate will continue to be a solid long-term investment in our country.â€